I make my son's lunch each day and try to be organized enough to bring my own as well. Sometimes I succeed. Usually when I plan ahead and do as much lunch prep as possible on the weekend right after doing my grocery shopping.
These are some of the things I do to make evening (or morning if I am really lazy) lunch prep that much easier:
- Put all dry snacks into a basket in my pantry - remove all outer packaging. Cracker/cheese packs, granola bars, etc..
- Put things like chips or crackers from larger packages into little snack sized snack bags - prep enough for the week - add to dry snack basket.
- Take yogurt tubes, cheese sticks, etc...out of their outer packaging and place in basket in fridge.
- We have 3 plastic juice boxes that I send juice in for him (he gets one a day) - prefill them all - wash as they get used and refill and store in fridge.
- Wash all the apples I will need for the week so that I can just grab and add to lunchbox.
- If using yogurt from large container or jello - put into small tupperware type container and store in fridge snack basket.
- My son doesn't like sanwiches - he takes deli meat plain in a bag - I prepackage snack bags with 3 pcs deli meat in each.
- Muffins get put into baggies and stored in the fridge basket.
So I just have to grab any of the prepped snacks and food and pop them into his lunchbox with an icepack and we are off!
My lunch - salad:
- Boil eggs on the weekend.
- Wash, cut up and bag celery and baby carrots.
- Put salad dressing into little tupperware type containers.
- Put cottage cheese in little tupperwares.
- Put bacon bits & croutons in snack bags.
- Cut up cheese and olives and put into snack bags.
- Wash and dry lettuce - bag in 2 cup portions - enough for week.
- Wash apples.
Then I grab one of each that I have just prepped and place all into a large ziplock bag and store in the fridge. Each morning I just need to grab the bag and put it into my lunchbox with an icepack.
Works for me (when I do it!). For more great tips, pop over to Rocks in My Dryer.